Mary Berry quits 'Bake Off' show

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

BBC Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

The show will be moving to Channel 4 for three years as of 2017 - but they will only be bringing one of the judges with the franchise. "Paul's presence will ensure the culture of '.Bake Off' continues in the tent as it makes its move to Channel 4".

'If they got her on board it would make it an worldwide hit with huge appeal to the broadcasters, especially in the United States'.

Yesterday saw Paul and Mary reveal their stances on the hit show's move, and while Paul is staying with it, Mary is sticking with the BBC, following the example of Mel and Sue who chose to do the same last week.

But alas, that wasn't to be, as Mary remained nothing but loyal to the BBC (and to Mel and Sue, and to us) by saying thanks but no thanks.

The show was dealt yet another blow when Mary Berry, 81, announced that she wouldn't be returning to the show when it leaves the BBC.

The stern pastry chef featured as a judge on Bake Off spin-off show Crème de la Crème in which she famously savaged a baker, reducing her to tears.

Meanwhile, comedy double act Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are also being tempted to take a place in Channel 4's £75m tent.

Hollywood made a decision to join Bake Off on Channel 4 despite being approached by the BBC about Top Gear.

You've nearly certainly heard by now that The Great British Bake Off is set to move in 2017 from its "spiritual home" on the BBC to Channel 4.

Paul's decision to stay with Bake Off and its makers Love Productions, while co-judge Mary Berry quit out of loyalty to the BBC, has caused a huge reaction among viewers.

Top level sources have confirmed that the BBC is "actively engaged" in pursuing programme ideas featuring the three of them following their high-profile defection from The Great British Bake Off, after the format was bought up by Channel 4. The Bake Off family - Paul, Mel and Sue have given me so much joy and laughter.

Berry said she would stay with the BBC, which has "nurtured me", and that she feels "sad" for the Bake Off audience who do not want the show to change.

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